Athens, OH 23 March 2019 –
My favorite part about living in a college town is all the opportunities there are here to try new things. The Ohio University community and the surrounding Athens community have so many possibilities to join, from service groups to international conversation clubs to undergraduate research to outdoor recreation.
This semester, I decided to try a new thing: Brazilian jiu-jitsu! It is a grappling-based martial art which is centered around the skill of controlling a resisting opponent in ways that force them to give up. Most of the technique of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is focused on taking an opponent down to the ground and wrestling them in order to subdue the opponent.
I have been training in fundamentals and women’s self-defense at Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy—Athens since January. Self-defense is a crucial skill to learn, and I also enjoy the atmosphere of the classes—the students are of all ages, from all over Southeastern Ohio. The women’s self-defense class is a supportive, inspiring group of strong women who are all talented teachers; it’s truly empowering.
One of my favorite things about jiu-jitsu is improving myself. With any new move or skill that I learn, it’s guaranteed that I won’t master it on the first try—but that’s okay! In jiu-jitsu, I have learned to be comfortable with failing at first, and the feeling of satisfaction and confidence that comes from personal growth is unparalleled. Going to jiu-jitsu class is a fun break from my engineering classes, because it’s a different type of challenge.